- Designation: History of Art (Guest)
Raghava Varier is an Indian epigraphist and historian, formerly a Professor at the University of Calicut, from Kerala. He holds a post-graduate degree in “Malayalam Language and Literature” from Calicut University (1976), M. Phil (1977–80) in History from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and doctoral degree (1986) on folk songs of northern Kerala from the University of Calicut.
Varier has been invited to a number of institutions, including Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris under the Indo-French Programme, Exeter University (funded by Art and Humanities Research Board, London), University of Tokyo, De Montfort University, London and the British Museum. He served as the President – Epigraphy, Historical Archaeology and Numismatics.
Cultural History of Kerala (1999), written by Varier with Rajan Gurukkal, is a standard textbook for the history of Kerala.